Heritage of Western Civilization, Volume I

Heritage of Western Civilization, Volume I : Ancient Civilizations and the Emergence of the West

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This well-known set of readings, thoroughly updated in this edition, exposes students to an important and illustrative text on Western Civilization and its intellectual and cultural history. Ideas of diverse men and women will add multicultural and interdisciplinary insights to the minds of a new generation of students. New edition features greater coverage of diversity, new critical thinking questions, and an easier-to-read single column format.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 9th edition
  • 0130341274
  • 9780130341273

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Substantially revised, the Ninth Edition of Heritage of Western Civilization provides a rich and complex picture of Western history. New editors John Reisbord and Mita Choudhury have included fourteen new selections in the Ninth Edition, six of which are authored by women. In addition, revised introductions and new questions for consideration provide the New to the Ninth Edition Volume I:
- Esarhaddon, "Second Inscription of Esarhaddon"
- Xenophon, "The Charactr of Cyrus"
- Aristotle, "The Care of Infancy"
- Plutarch, "The Life of Crasus"
- Hildegard, Letters
- Usamah Ibn-Munqidh, "An Appreciation of the Frankish Character"
- Laura Cereta, Letters
- Alessandra Strozzi, Letters


Volume II:
- Malleus Malificarum
- Olympe de Gouges, "Declaration of the Rights of Women"
- Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor
- Catherine Booth, "God of Education"
- W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
- Gusta Dawidson-Draenger, Justina's Diary
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Table of contents

THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST. The Code of Hammurabi, The Code of Hammurabi. Hymn to the Nile. Hymn to the Sun, Egyptian Religion. Second Inscription of Esrhaddon, Assyrian Conquest. Genesis. Exodus. The Book of Job, The Old Testament. GREECE. Antigone, Sophocles. History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides. The Character of Cyrus, Xenophon. The Apology. Crito. Phaedo, The Last Days of Socrates. The Republic, Plato. The Politics, Aristotle on Government. The Care of Infancy, Aristotle on Education. ROME. Histories, Polybius. The Insurrection of the Gladiators, Plutarch. The Lives of the Caesars, Suetonius. The Third Satire, Juvenal. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius. The Gospel According to Matthew. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, The New Testament. THE MIDDLE AGES. The Life of Charlemagne, Einhard. Capitulare de Villis, Charter of the Liberties of Lorris, Life in Country and Town. Magna Carta, Magna Carta. The Second Letter of Gregory VII to Hermann, Bishop of Metz, March 15, 1081. The Bull Unam Sanctum of Boniface VII, Church and State. Hildegard to the Prelates of Mainz. Christian, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegard. Hildegard of Bingen. Summa Contra Gentiles. Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas. The Confession of Golias. Let's Away with Study. Gaudeamus Igitur, Medieval Secular Poetry. Memoirs, Jean, Sire de Joinville. An Appreciation of the Frankish Character, Usumah Ibn-Munqidh. The Dialogue, St. Catherine of Siena. The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio. RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION. On the Dignity of Man, Pico della Mirandola. In Defense of Liberal Education for Women. On the Coming of the Turks, Laura Cereta. From Alessandra to her Son Lorenzo, February 27, 1453. From Alessandra to her son Filippo, April 20, 1465. From Alessandro to her son Filippo, July 26, 1465, Alessandra Strozzi. Journal and Letter, Christopher Columbus. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Benvenuto Cellini. The Religious Pilgrimage, Desiderius Erasmus. An Open Letter to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation. Concerning the Reform of the Christian Estate, 1520, MartinLuther. Institutes of Christian Religion, John Calvin. The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, The Counter-Reformation.
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